16 June 2017
The enormous frocks in The Royal Opera’s production of Mozart’s opera Mitridate could be found in every European court and theatre for more than a hundred years.
16 May 2017
The scandal around John Singer Sargent's portrait of society beauty Amélie Gautreau ruined her reputation forever.
3 May 2017
High dramatic tension, low historical accuracy: Verdi’s magnificent opera tells a story too good not to set to music.
19 September 2016
Research into the original manuscripts of this famously ambiguous opera reveals that even its creators couldn’t decide what was going on.
A Norma trapped by society’s norms: the challenges of directing Bellini’s masterpiece in the 21st century
16 September 2016
Director Àlex Ollé on why Norma is no stock character but a very human figure, whose doubts and problems have an entirely contemporary resonance.
31 May 2016
Verdi’s much-loved chorus from the opera Nabucco has achieved an almost mythic status as a politically influential piece – but the truth is a little more complicated than that.
26 April 2016
Investigating the true stories and scientific discoveries behind Mary Shelley’s literary masterpiece
30 March 2016
Irish composer Gerald Barry defies common sense at every turn in his operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play, to surprisingly ingenious effect.
3 March 2016
The unresolved controversy surrounding the Russian tsar and his ascent to power has inspired great works including Musorgsky’s epic opera.
16 February 2016
Wright’s Royal Ballet production has become the must-see staging of this quintessential Romantic ballet.